In moments when you find yourself peering down a thirty-percent drop into a playground of nature’s best furniture, you need stability, comfort, and control. The Shimano SH-AM9 Cycling Shoe is designed to withstand the trail's abuse so you won’t have to. Your feet stay snug under the lace-up and fold-over synthetic leather straps, which deflect any trail snags in the way. And when you come across a bailout or scramble section, the outsoles provide stiffness and grip to keep your adventure on track. A stiffness level of five and two-bolt compatibility also make the SH-AM9 ideal for all-mountain pedaling.
- Item #SHI00A2
- Q & A
Mid-sole very weak...
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Despite a lot of riders liking this shoe, personally I found the mid-sole and insole design poor. On the outsole you have the grip which seems good. But, but then you only have a thin plastic midsole then the insole/footbed. So you are standing on thin plastic covered by a thin insole insert. I always wear and run in minimalistic shoes and even go barefoot alot but this shoe just seems odd. Maybe it is because I have high arches, I don't know as most people seem to like them. They also have a lot of heel lift, like I've found with all Shimano shoes. Returning them. Will stick with the Five Ten Impacts I have for how.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 43
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 170lbs
I love the fit and stiffness of this shoe and purchased it when my zebra colored (black and white) DX shoes finally wore out. They are a do it all shoe and provide a level of protection from rocks and stiffness that make them hard to beat. The only thing preventing me from giving them five stars is that they don't have ANY ventilation. I didn't notice before ordering, but they are pretty much sealed tight. Since I have been using them for winter conditions that hasn't been a problem, but I notice that my feet are pretty much soaked when I remove them. I don't know if I'll be able to use them when the weather gets hot.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 8.5
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 145lbs
By far one of the most comfortable shoes I've worn. If you are going to be doing any flat pedal riding, then this ins't the shoe for you. Haven't been impressed with the grip when running with flats. If you're only running clipless and looking for all day comfort, look no further. Very well made and have been holding up great.
Tight Kicks For Loose Riding
- Fit: True to size
To preface my review, I use the AM9's strictly for clipped in DH riding. The reason is for the cleat position I had setup on these shoes. These shoes offer a TON of adjustability in the cleat position, and easily the most rearward positioning available I've seen in any other shoe. As far as clipping in, it's apparent that they are designed with Shimano's pedal's in mind as clipping into my XT Trail pedals are a breeze. While some shoes will have subtle delays when clipping in, these shoes guide the shoe/cleat exactly where it needs to go and it is seamless. The shoes are comfortable and offer a fair amount of ankle protection. I carefully removed the lace cover since rain or muddy conditions are rare in Utah. I did this prior to trying the shoes so I can't comment on how warm they are with the lace cover on, but without you get a bit of airflow through keeping them more comfortable. As for weight, they are ever so slightly on the heavier side than the trail shoes I've been wearing so that is also why these have been designated DH shoes. All in all a durable, burly shoe for the price, just a bit heavier than what some riders may want for doing much climbing.
I usually wear a 11.5 (sometimes 12) for a standard shoe and the 46's fit well.